Publishing

The US should learn from the UK

I believe the BBFC was absolutely right in refusing to classify Manhunt 2. And in effect the game has been banned globally by Sony and Nintendo because they won’t allow an adults only game on their platforms – and of course it had an adults only rating over here. So …

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Moore quits Microsoft to head up EA Sports

Microsoft’s Peter Moore has quit his role as corporate VP of the company’s interactive entertainment business and taken the job as president of EA’s new Sports label – with former Electronic Arts man Don Mattrick moving in to take his place. Moore’s move, according to Electronic Arts, "rounds out the …

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Ubisoft sells off shares in Gameloft

Ubisoft has sold off its stake in developer Gameloft to investment bank Calyon. The move comes as Ubisoft looks to focus on the expansion of its publisher/developer business. Yves Guillemot, chief executive officer of Ubisoft, commented: "The video game market offers numerous internal and external growth opportunities. We have therefore …

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Flock: Wii is a Godsend

Executive vice president of THQ Kelly Flock has told the New York Times that the publisher is aggressively” searching out Wii titles – and applauded the low cost of developing for the format in comparison with PS3 and Xbox 360. Flock revealed that a Wii game can be created in …

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Global Wii supply to increase?

Nintendo has reportedly approached two Taiwanese manufacturers with a view to outsourcing supply of Wii components, in a bid to increase the amount of hardware hitting the High Street. Third-party companies SunPlus Technology and Wistron Corp are both expected to be announced as new partners of the platform holder, according …

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OPINION: Kids market undergoing mini-revolution

Speaking to MCV, Jetix Europe’s Michael Wolstenholme has said that the kids’ video game market is undergoing a ‘mini-revolution’, and that the success of formats like Wii and DS should ensure that the current momentum is maintained. Most developers now seem to be looking at platforms such as DS, PS2 …

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2007’s Magic Numbers

UNITS UK MARKET (Weeks 1 – 26 2006 vs. Weeks 1 – 26 2007) Total Excl. Non Games Total UK MarketUnits (m) 2006 2007 Change % Total Games Software 21.87 26.01 +19 Gameboy Advance 1.00 0.52 -48 Microsoft Xbox 1.73 0.43 -75 Microsoft XBox 360 1.36 3.14 +131 Nintendo DS …

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Aussie retailer recalls Xbox 360

Leading Australian retailer EB Games has stopped selling premium Xbox 360 consoles following a recall. The systems are reportedly carrying a hard disk fault. Kotaku reports that sources within the firm have said that store managers were asked by EB’s headquarters to test every unit it had in stock a …

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Edinburgh Festival explores online worlds

The line-up of speakers at the Edinburgh Interactive Festival continues to grow, with Second Life and EVE Online creators the latest to join the roster. Linden Lab’s Jim Purbick will explore the intricacies of developing for Second Life in the festival’s aptly-titled ‘Developing for Second Life’ strand on Tuesday August …

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Oxygen gets Chegwin

TV personality Keith Chegwin will host a quiz game from Oxygen for the PS2, Wii and PC, following a licensing deal set up by AT New Media. Cheggers’ Party Quiz will be released in November this year and will feature thousands of questions based on entertainment. Who doesn’t love Cheggers?” …

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